July 27, 1938 – December 11, 2014
Marlene Petersen, of Cranbrook, passed away at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital on December 11, 2014 at the age of 76 after a very short battle with cancer.
Marlene was born in McDowell, Saskatchewan and moved to Cranbrook with her mom and dad, Elva and Allan Pocha. She resided in Cranbrook until moving to Alberta where she lived most of her life other than a few years that were spent in Winnipeg, Manitoba and 5 years in Germany. Marlene sold her residence in the Crowsnest Pass last year and returned to Cranbrook. She loved her new home here and worked daily around her yard and inside to have it to her level of perfection.
Marlene’s cuisine skills satisfied many appetites. She was a seamstress during her working years and completed a coat made from a pattern that she had designed just a few months before being diagnosed. She had a beautiful voice and enjoyed writing songs, putting music to them and singing them with her guitar. Marlene could do anything that needed to be done around a house including painting, building, refinishing, brick laying, tiling, landscaping and gardening. She was a very independent lady. During her final days the care given to her was foreign as she was always the one to care for others.
Marlene will be lovingly remembered by her children, Susan (Darwin) Feil, Shelly (John) White and Cory (Katherine) Petersen; three grandchildren Kaden and Keidrich Feil and Myriah White; brothers, Lornel (Florie) Pocha, Clarence (Elana) Pocha, Floyd (Cheryl) Pocha, Alden (Christine) Pocha and Randy Pocha; sisters, Sylvia (Gordon) Pocha, Trudy (Brian) Clifford and Audrene (Detlaf) Harasiuk; and sisters-in-law Carol Pocha and Debbie Pocha, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Marlene was predeceased by her mother Elva (nee Hinch) Pocha her father Allan Pocha; step dad Harold Hinch; four brothers Carl, Gerald, Lawrence and Lloyd Pocha and two sisters, Diane Bailey and Audrey Pocha, one niece Ione Clark and one nephew Shaun Harasiuk.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook, BC at 2:00 pm. Everyone who knew Marlene is welcome to attend the service.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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